Our approach to investing recognizes the unique needs of each client. Before making recommendations, we take the time to thoroughly understand your long-term goals and tolerance for risk.
STEP 1: WE START BY LISTENING
Everyone’s financial situation is unique, so we work closely with you from the beginning to clearly define your goals and objectives. We learn as much about you as we can in order to create a tailored investment strategy for you.
STEP 2: WE DEVELOP AN ASSET ALLOCATION
The guiding principle of our investment philosophy is asset allocation. Academic studies conducted over the last twenty years have shown that the asset allocation decision is the most important variable in determining the long-term return from a portfolio of securities. The percentage of your dollars invested in stocks, bonds, real estate and cash will far outweigh the effects of individual security selection and market timing.
STEP 3: INVESTMENT SELECTION AND DIVERSIFICATION
Once your asset allocation is determined, we develop a customized portfolio designed to both enhance returns and control risk. This is accomplished by selecting the best investments in each category while diversifying your portfolio among investment styles and industry sectors.
STEP 4: WE MONITOR, MANAGE AND REBALANCE YOUR PORTFOLIO
Our portfolio managers continuously monitor and manage your investment portfolio. If a necessary change is identified, your portfolio manager will make the appropriate adjustments. As new money is deposited into your account, your portfolio is reviewed to ensure the deposit is properly allocated. Since asset allocation is not a one-time event, we also periodically rebalance your portfolio. We also realize that the after-tax rate of return is your greatest concern, so. our portfolio managers and CPAs work hard to minimize taxes in your portfolio.
Wealth Management System
Our Wealth Management System serves as the hub of our clients’ financial information. On your Personal Financial Homepage, your net worth is calculated and displayed on a daily basis along with a summary of all your assets and liabilities. This sophisticated technology, coupled with our years of experience, enables us to provide you with comprehensive financial advice.
Account aggregation technology enables us to link all of your assets and liabilities to one web page regardless of where the accounts are held, including 401(k)s, brokerage accounts, annuities, mortgages, credit cards, life insurance, as well as checking and savings accounts.
Within your homepage are financial planning tools that enable you to examine your financial situation. For example, you can run a retirement analysis to determine if you are on track to meet your retirement goals. In addition, you can quickly view and print many useful reports such as a net worth statement or a cash flow projection.
The Vault is your online secure storage facility that stores and protects your valuable personal documents such as wills, trusts, insurance policies, and passports in an electronic format.
We are firmly committed to keeping you informed and involved in the wealth management process.
DEDICATED SERVICE TEAMS
We pride ourselves on excellent client service. We ensure service teams remain stable and focused on your priorities. Both a portfolio manager and a client service specialist are assigned to your account, ensuring someone is always available to answer your questions. Your portfolio manager manages and monitors your investments, while your client service specialist ensures a smooth and easy transfer of your assets and handles all of your administrative needs.
You can expect a phone call from your portfolio manager at least once every ninety days. Even if no changes are necessary, your manager will call to check in and give you an update. If market conditions or your particular situation dictate, you will be contacted more frequently. You are also free to contact your portfolio manager at any time.
To enable you to easily track your investments, we provide quarterly performance reports that summarize on one concise page how each investment performed during the quarter. In addition, we can produce customized reports to provide you with transaction history, deposit history and cost basis information.
Your custodian mails monthly statements directly to your home or business.